Mockeries of Truth, chapter 20

8/4/19, God’s 5th month, 3rd day of Av, 5,779 until sunset. 

To: People called to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son.  “Heirs with Abraham.

Today’s educational systems, so called science and governments (particularly western) whose citizens once looked to the Lord God Jesus “the God of Abraham” for guidance, now look to a multitude of imaginary gods as did the pagans of Sodom and Gomorrah. Most citizens of western countries once displayed the Hebrew Bible in their homes but today’s western nation systems and denominations don’t teach the God of absolutes, “rather various condoning all things gods.” Such demonic divisionary paganism is the primary cause of  violence in our lands. (Methods and tools used for violence aren’t causes, “causes are a lack of absolute truths taught in our systems.”) Worshiping gods who aren‘t gods at all. A belief IN teaching “the ten commandments, the first four telling how to worship God and the final six telling how to treat our fellow citizens” would solve much. Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote to people who’d once trusted in the true God, “but got sidetracked by condoning divisionary force like the one’s causing today’s chaos. There’s more based on Godly love.

(Galatians 4:7-12; “So you ’followers of Jesus’  are no longer slaves but Sons, and if you are a Son, then you are also an heir through God. Formerly when you “Christians’ did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods at all. (9) But now that you have come to know God (or rather to be known by God), how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless basic forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? You are ‘back to’ observing religious days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you that my work for you may have been in vain. I beg you, brothers and sisters, become like me, because I have become like you. You have done me no wrong!”)

Outgoing concern for others is the case Paul makes for support of Jesus’ good news. As with the law, God gave a ‘welfare” support system based on love of the way. A love of the way like Jesus’ teaching regarding the Sabbath; “The Sabbath being made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” God’s absolute way is the way of love. Chaos doesn’t erupt among people who love God as He‘s manifested to be in holy scripture..

(1Cor 9:6-12; “Or do only Barnabas and I lack the right not to work? Who ever serves in the army at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not consume its milk? Am I saying these things only on the basis of common sense, or does the law not say this as well? For it is written in the law of Moses, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” (Quote from Deut 25:4) God is not concerned here about oxen, is He? Or is He not surely speaking for our benefit? It was written for us, because the one plowing and threshing ought to work in hope of enjoying the harvest. If we sowed spiritual blessings among you, is it too much to reap material things from you? If others receive this right from you, are we, ’apostles’ not more deserving?”) Like minded people should support the spread of Jesus’ good news.

(1Cor 9:12-18; “But we ‘apostles’ have not made use of this right. Instead we endure everything so that we may not be a hindrance to the gospel of Christ. Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple eat food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar receive a part of the offerings? In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel. But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing these things so that something will be done for me. In fact, it would be better for me to die, than – no one will deprive me of my reason for boasting! For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason for boasting, because I am compelled to do this. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward. But if I do it unwillingly, I am entrusted with a responsibility. What then is my reward? That when I preach the gospel I may offer the gospel free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights in the gospel.”)

Paul is encouraging Believers IN to support blessed on their ability to give financial aid.

(1Cor 9:19-22; “For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) to gain those under the law. To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law. To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means some may be saved.”) (That last sentence in the KJV reads, “This I do for the gospel’s sake that I may be partakers with you.”)

That I may save some? Paul’s whole emphases throughout his teaching is about God’s calling, revealing Himself and delivering from sin. Paul is not saying, “I have authority to save.” (He is saying, “Jesus may call and save some through my efforts.”)

Understanding Jesus’ good news and being a recipient of God’s holy spirit of truth, puts a love for God’s Way in our minds. Paul as each Believer must, “looked to God for the definition of right, wrong, good and evil.” This made Paul a Believer IN and free from doing what may seem right to his fleshly desires. We should meditate on that. It’s what’s meant by; “being clothed with or immersed in Christ.”

(1Cor 9:23-27; “I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it. Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”)

Believers IN, are looking forward to participating in God’s kingdom. Practicing self control through the power of God’s spirit in us, is being submissive to the will of God. Loving what and how He loves. To love as God loves is to hate evil. So lets be mindful of overcoming to the end.

Holy Creator God: we pray Your inspired word opens minds and draws some to Yourself. Grant Your gift of repentance and give us persevering wills. We pray these things in the nature and name of Jesus. AMEN.

We Christians are led to seek, learn God’s Way, turn from paganism and overcome our inherited nature to the end. (The word, “overcome” is King James translation. (“Conquer” is Net Bible translation.) The meaning is the same. Each relating to our being saved and is recorded several times in God’s Word. (John 16:33, Rom 3:4, Rom 12:21, 1 John 2:13-18, 1 John 4:4-11 and Revelations 17:14) Animalistic love doesn’t grow nor overcome as does God’s gifted love.

(Romans 12:9-21; “Godly” love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another. Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the Saints, pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people. Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head. (21) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”) Quotes from Deut 32:35 and Prov 25:21-22.

Jesus’ apostle Paul’s intent was to overcome the pulls of the flesh to the end. These latter day educational, denominational and government traditions condone yielding to fleshly lust and calling it love.

(1Cor 9:26-27; “So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”) People whose worship revolve around, “roman calendar holidays are as a people fighting the wind!”

(1Cor 10:1-4; “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”)

Above is one of many places, teaching that Jesus was the Lord, “the Deliverer” that led Israel from Egyptian bondage, gave the ten commandments and oracles of God. Israel’s Egyptian bondage is recorded for our learning, “Egypt personified a pagan sin much like our western nations are corrupting themselves in.

This same Jesus the apostles served has been leading “His called out people from sin’s darkness / bondage, in each age.” The Israelites were baptized, “immersed” in a water cloud around them.” Christians are immersed in and clothed with Jesus’ spirit imputed to the mind making each atOne with Him and God the Father.

(1Cor 10:5-11; “But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness. These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did. So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and twenty-three thousand died in a single day. And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes. And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come.”)

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